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5 energy-saving tips that cost $10 or less

There are plenty of very expensive ways to save energy and reduce your utility bills, but if you’re on a budget or don’t want to spend unnecessary money on home improvements, Realgy Energy Services has a list of 5 energy-saving ideas that will cost $10 or less.

1. Turning off your lights when you’re not in the room will cost $0 but will save you money!

Lighting accounts for about 10 percent of a typical household’s electricity bill, so turning off your lights when you’re not in the room is a great way to save some money off lighting costs, whether or not you upgrade to CFL light bulbs.


To find out how much money you can save simply by turning off lights when you’re not using them, head over to


2. Installing low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators for under $10 each can help reduce the amount of hot water you use in your home.

This improvement can be a significant source of energy savings since about 73 percent of the water used in a typical shower is hot water. Using low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce your home’s water heating costs by as much as 50 percent.

fresh shower


3. Replacing an old incandescent light bulb with a CFL will cost less than $10.

Incandescent light bulbs may be cheaper than compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) but they also waste a lot of energy, Ninety percent of the energy used by a traditional incandescent bulb is given off as heat. In addition, incandescent bulbs burn out much faster than CFLs which last at least 6 times longer and use about 75 percent less energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, upgrading 15 inefficient incandescent light bulbs to CFL or LED bulbs could save about $50 per light

Still confused about the difference between watts and lumens? Check out this Realgy Energy Services blog post: Watt vs Lumens: How bright is that light?


4. Use a $10 power strip to slay energy vampires.

Just plug your devices into it and flip the strip’s power switch on when you want to use your devices and off when you don’t. Make sure not to use power strips with devices that have to run in standby mode to operate, like DVRs

Standby or vampire power as it is most commonly referred to, wastes $10 billion of electricity annually in the United States alone. The average US household has about 40 electronic devices that constantly draw small amounts of power.

power strip


5. Depending on how much you need, most homeowners can weather strip their windows and doors for under $10.

More than 20 percent of all the heated and cooled air that escapes your home sneaks out through gaps around windows and doors. When installing weather stripping, it is a good idea to measure the perimeters of the doors and windows needing weather stripping, total them up, and add about 10 percent to that number to make sure you have enough weather stripping.


Learn how to select and apply weather stripping at

If you are still looking for ways to reduce your energy bills, enroll with a registered energy supplier like Realgy Energy Services. Check out Realgy Energy Services rates and see how much you could be saving



ENERGY STAR, “Light Bulbs
Energy.Gov, “Lighting Choices to Save You Money
Energy.Gov, “Reduce Hot Water Use for Energy Savings
ENERGY STAR, “Standby Power and Energy Vampires
Energy.Gov, “Weather Stripping
Energy.Gov, “When to Turn Off Your Lights


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Does your TV use less energy than a 60-watt light bulb?

The Austrian company AMS is introduction new technology that will make it possible for a 42 inch flat screen TV to consume less energy than a 60-watt light bulb. This will exceed the requirements of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Star 6.0 proposed standards, which, when implemented this spring, call for 42-inch TVs to consume just 62.9 watts of power. For any size, the maximum power consumption is 85 watts.

Picture courtesy of Alliance To Save Energy

Picture courtesy of Alliance To Save Energy

“One of the biggest power users in consumer electronics today is the flat panel TV. Higher efficiencies are being mandated by countries throughout the world to reduce energy consumption,” AMS spokesman Herbert Truppe said in a statement. “By intelligently connecting AMS sensor-driven lighting technologies to current TV designs, high-quality viewing experiences can be delivered with no increase to the cost of the television, while significantly reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.”

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Business Energy Saving Tips

Check out this great infographic from The Hub, which highlights easy ways for businesses to reduce energy bills. Print it out and share with everyone in the office; the more people aware of  the energy savings possibilities, the more effective it will be.

Simple changes can significantly reduce business electricity costs.

If you are looking for an even larger reduction in your commercial electricity costs, consider enrolling with Realgy Energy Services as your electricity provider. Our customers have realized cost reductions up to 9.6% as compared to the local utility. Find us online or call 877-300-6747 to speak with an account representative today.


Utility Exchange Online, Business Energy Saving Tips – An infographic

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Does your home have what it takes to be awarded the Silver Certificate for energy savings?

The homes of Georgene Jaback and Bob Woods of Joliet, and Janet Jaback of Elmwood Park did.

(Office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh, Handout / July 5, 2012)

The Joliet couple improved their 50-year-old home with air sealing in the attic, basement and perimeter walls and insulation on the attic floor and in the conditioned basement. Their upgrades will reduce their air leakage rate by 35 percent, according to a press release issued by Will County.

Check out the article Joliet homeowners receive silver certification for energy savings to find out how they did it.

And if you are looking for even more energy savings check out Realgy Energy Services Natural Gas and Electricity rates, and lower your energy bills in a few minutes.

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More Americans are concerned with reducing Energy Costs than going on vacation this summer

According to a poll by the AP -NORC Center for Public Affairs Research which surveyed 1,008 Americans nationwide, most Americans are more concerned with savings money on Energy Costs, than taking a summer vacation or having the latest electronic. In fact saving money on energy costs came in second only to having reliable transportation.

The most common ways American are choosing to reduce energy costs include turning off lights, turning down the heat, installing energy-saving appliances and driving less. While Americans are generally aware of the most effective ways to save energy, they report that many of these actions would be extremely or very difficult for them and their families to implement in the next year.

However, there is another way to cut energy costs that is very easy and requires just a phone call. Third party suppliers such as Realgy Energy Services supply the same energy at lower rates than your local utility. Check out Realgy Energy Services rates for June 2012 at or call one of our Energy Brokers 877-300-6747 to learn more.


Learn more about the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll on Energy Issues:

Associated Press – NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, Energy Issues: How the Public Understands and Acts

Star Tribune, How the AP-NORC Center Poll on Americans’ energy priorities was conducted

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